Holly Russel


Holly Russel has been active in the Philadelphia animal welfare community since 2008, when she began volunteering at the Pennsylvania SPCA. After six months as a volunteer, Holly moved into a full-time role as the Special Events Planner and Corporate Giving Officer for the organization. During her time there, she founded the Young Friends of the Pennsylvania SPCA and one of the PSPCA’s most popular events, the Bad Dog Ball. Holly is now part of the marketing team at Petplan pet insurance. She shares her home with two rescued pit bulls.

The Pennsylvania SPCA

Canine Good Citizen Prep Class to Begin July 18th

Think your dog has what it takes to earn the coveted title of Canine Good Citizen? Put him to the test at the end of this month, when the Pennsylvania SPCA will kick off a CGC prep class for promising pups. Led by certified pet trainer and PSPCA volunteer Beth Strecker, the class will give … Continue Reading

Fabulous Vegan Recipes

5 Questions for Nicole D’Angelo of Fabulous Vegan Recipes

For a pet lover and animal welfare advocate, food choices can be fraught with guilt. But while making a major lifestyle shift like adopting a vegan diet may seem daunting to the uninitiated, starting with small changes can help ease newbies into the process. Here to help is Nicole D’Angelo, a Philly girl with a … Continue Reading

PSPCA Humane Law Enforcement

Cruelty Case Underscores Need for New Legislation

On Saturday, June 22, Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement officers responded to complaints about strong animal odors emanating from a house on the 2800 Block of Walnut Hill Street and found 17 terrified animals – 14 small dogs and three cats – living in deplorable conditions. SPCA officials report that the dogs and cats were … Continue Reading

All Paws on Deck Mega Adoption Event

Region’s Largest Adoption Event Planned for June 15-16

Be a lifesaver to an animal in need this summer! Springtime is a busy season for area shelters, who must manage the annual influx of new litters of puppies and kittens in addition to all of the adult animals they serve. This makes summer the perfect time to support those shelters – and save lives … Continue Reading


ACCT Alum Inspires New Book “Chance and Chip”


The adoption staff at ACCT Philly often gets photos and updates from shelter alumni, but last month, they received a great surprise when they learned one of their own is now starring in his very own book! Chance and Chip…A Match made in Heaven tells the amazing story of two plucky mutts who braved the … Continue Reading
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Volunteering at ACCT

Coping with the Emotional Work of Volunteering


The emotional work of volunteering is complex, and volunteers can sometimes be caught off-guard by feelings of sadness, guilt or being overwhelmed. How can you swallow that lump in your throat and keep coming back for more?
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Give a Little Bit: Tips for First-Time Volunteers


While today’s oppressive gloominess may seem to suggest otherwise, springtime is set to arrive next week! With the fresh baby grass and first buds blooming typically comes a new crop of volunteers to area shelters. One of the most important roles a volunteer plays is that of a playmate; someone to initiate walks, toss a … Continue Reading
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Happy dog.

Come On Get Happy – The Case of the Mondays Edition


Feeling a bit bleary-eyed this afternoon? Those sixty minutes of sleep we skipped might make for a raging case of the Mondays, so to combat your catatonia, here’s some good news from the animal welfare world! On Friday, PAWS reached their $2,500 fundraising goal to renovate the dog play yards at the Spay/Neuter and Wellness … Continue Reading
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AJ at the playground

Come On Get Happy – The People Are Awesome Edition


Welcome to a new feature on The Philly Dog! Come On Get Happy will put a smile on your face by sharing happy stories from Philadelphia’s animal world. This week, we’re taking a look at some of the unexpected, generous, amazing things people do for animals in need. In case you didn’t know, March 1st … Continue Reading
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dogs running

Playgroup Program is Helping Shelter Dogs at the PSPCA


Never was the saying, “The more the merrier,” more appropriate than in the Betty M. Bowes dog park at the Pennsylvania SPCA. There, dogs of all sizes, breeds, ages and temperaments get to run, romp and roll together – as a group. “Playgroups are beneficial because you can get a large number of dogs out … Continue Reading
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